The Girl Who Played Go

The Girl Who Played Go

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Book - 2004
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As the Japanese military invades 1930s Manchuria, a young girl approaches her own sexual coming of age. Drawn into a complex triangle with two boys, she distracts herself from the onslaught of adulthood by playing the game of go with strangers in a public square--and yet the force of desire, like the occupation, proves inevitable. Unbeknownst to the girl who plays go, her most worthy and frequent opponent is a Japanese soldier in disguise. Captivated by her beauty as much as by her bold, unpredictable approach to the strategy game, the soldier finds his loyalties challenged. Is there room on the path to war for that most revolutionary of acts: falling in love?
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2004.
ISBN: 9781400032280
Characteristics: 280 p. ;,21 cm.


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Feb 23, 2018

This is a truly spellbinding and lyrical novel, with two perspectives: one from the main character, a gifted-Go playing young lady in Manchuria [living in the small city called Thousand Winds], and a Japanese soldier/officer, a member of the invading and occupying Japanese military.
In short vignette-like chapters, covers the history of the period as the novel's backdrop quite nicely.
[The author's name is a pseudonym; she is a well-known painter/writer in France, originally from China. I believe her name is Yan Ni.]

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